Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Found a DirecTivo unit for sale at http://www.circuitcity.com/ for $99. I ordered one. Can't go wrong for that price. Interestingly, it combines the Directv receiver and a Tivo recorder. Because it takes its input directly from the Directv unit that is already encoded in mpeg format the unit requires less processing. In the standalone units the analog signal has to be converted to digital, mpeg, format before recording. Another interesting thing about the Tivo units is that they use the Linux operating system. Linux is showing up in all kinds of devices where reliability is needed. That should tell us something about Microsoft Windows since it is almost never used in appliances where reliability is required.